Last night, the Charleston RiverDogs (Yankees) starter pitched well -- good enough to win -- but ended up taking the loss. Tonight, Columbus Catfish starter Jeremy Hall had the same fate befall him.
Hall allowed a run on 3 hits in 4 innings and struck out 3, but lack of run support from the Catfish offense left him with a loss.
Charleston scored a run on back-to-back 1-out doubles in the 2nd inning. It was enough, but the RiverDogs added to that lead. A solo home run in the 4th inning off Catfish reliever Justin Garcia gave Charleston a 2-0 lead. And 4 runs off Chris Fessler in the 9th extended the Charleston lead to 6-0, the final score.
Charleston's Dellin Betances only allowed 2 hit in 5 innings work en route to his 3rd win of the season. Despite only 2 hits, the Catfish threatened a few times.
In the 1st, the Catfish had CF Emeel Salem on third base with 1 out, but were unable to score.
C Ian Paxton made it to second with 1 out in the 2nd, but was stranded.
The 3rd saw 2B Cody Cipriano walk and steal second, with 1 out, but could advance no further.
RF Maiko Loyola walked, stole second and then third, but a double play kept the Catfish off the board.
Cipriano walked and advanced to third on an error in the 5th, but was left stranded.
Paxton and Salem made it to scoring position in the 7th, but saw the inning end before they were able to score.
All these missed chances were a turnaround from the night before, when the Catfish managed to manufacture runs almost at will. Nine runners stranded, 7 in scoring position, made all the difference.
Only Salem, Sexton, and Paxton had hits. The Catfish coaxed seven walks out of the Charleston pitching staff.
The loss was the first decision by Hall this year. Though he pitched well enough to win, he's now 0-1. Justin Garcia pitched 2 innings, allowing a home run. Jesse Darcy allowed 2 hits, and struck out a pair. Fessler allowed 4 runs on 3 hits, a walk, and a bases-loaded hit batsman in the 9th.
The loss snapped a 4-game winning streak for the Catfish, as well as stopping Charleston's 2-game slide.
Game three of the four game series is Sunday afternoon. Alex Cobb is scheduled to be on the mound for the Catfish, looking for this 3rd win.